We are baking mindfully, healthily, and lovingly!
We are steadily coming up on that time of the year when baking decadent treats and hardy-warm meals may become an everyday occurrence. So, this week we'll look at some healthier alternatives that can help elevate your baking all holiday season long.
We've all probably reached for honey for our tea at some point, but it's actually a pretty versatile sweetener. You may try adding it to your coffee or using it as a sugar substitute when baking.
Monk fruit is also a great sugar substitute for the health-conscious baker. If you're concerned about caloric intake or trying to minimize the amount of sugar you consume, monk fruit could be just the sweetener you're looking for. The fruit has zero calories and is naturally sweet.
The now infamous 'Sourdough Starter' really saw an uptick during those COVID times. However, the reason why can be boiled down to simple ease of use. Sourdough is a fermented food and easy to whip up in a pinch. Fermented foods decrease inflammatory proteins in the body. This is why some doctors suggest including yogurt in your everyday diet if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, or even if you're trying to get over a cold. Fermented foods lower inflammation by increasing microbiome diversity.
One of our favorite herbs here at Catalyst Tea Company is also one of the best baking additives. Mint or peppermint not only makes for a great tea but it can be used in a plethora of dishes and holiday treats. The menthol found in peppermint also works as a natural stress reliever, so it's the perfect herb for the sometimes stressful holiday season.
This week we're asking our readers two vital questions; What is your go-to baked treat? And, what flavors do you think of when thinking about the holidays? Let us know below in the comments!